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Hunger Breakfast Educates People on Food Insecurity in Joplin

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More than thirty thousands households don't consistently have food in Jasper and Newton counties and charities say those are primarily the working poor. 

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Joplin Man Sentenced For Cherokee County Thefts

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A Joplin man who plead guilty to two separate thefts in Cherokee County received a sentence on July 10, 2018. Christopher Whitney was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing personal property from rural home in Galena, KS and stealing a vehicle from a home near Rive ton, KS. After the two burglaries, Jasper County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped a vehicle driven by Whitney, where they found the stolen items and a quantity of methamphetamine. Prior to the sentenc...

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6-year-old in ICU, Knocked Unconscious by Softball

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She was taken to surgery where part of her skull was removed to get a blood clot and allow for swelling.

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Area Bright Futures schools partner to Stuff the Bus

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Each year, families around the area struggle to provide the supplies their children need to be successful in school. Bright Futures Carl Junction, Carthage, Joplin, Neosho, and Seneca are teaming up to sponsor Stuff the Bus to help area families meet this need. The program is a school supply drive that will take place in July and August at various retail locations. Community members are all encouraged to donate school supplies by dropping them off at the buses on these days. Stu...

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Carnival workers arrested in deaths of Kansas fair vendors

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(AP) - Three carnival workers have been arrested in the deaths of two vendors who disappeared from a fair in Kansas and whose bodies were found days later in a shallow grave in an Arkansas forest. Police Cpl. Jonathan Wear said the suspects have been jailed without bond in Van Buren, Arkansas, on suspicion of abuse of a corpse, felony theft and tamp...

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MSSU Announces Videoboard Project

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The $1.3M dollar project is entirely funded by the Missouri Southern Foundation and donors. The LED video display will be 30 feet high and 66 feet wide.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-19 Video included

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Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer spoke at PSU on Wednesday.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Neosho School District Makes a Big Change to Their Drug Testing Policy Video included

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With the kickoff of the 2018-2019 school year, Neosho School District students who apply for a school parking pass will enter themselves into the district's pool of students eligible for random drug testing. 

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Police & Fire Unions Weigh In On New Joplin Pay Plan Video included

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    The City of Joplin recently approved a new pay plan for city employees, set to go into effect August 4th.     But, is it enough to keep qualified police officers and fire fighters?     While there are still questions as to exactly how individual employees pay will be affected - the biggest question of all - is how to fund the increases.

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Miami Schools Adds Classes for 3&4 Year Olds; Competition for Daycare Video included

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Miami school district is adding classes for three and four year olds  to help retain both teachers and students. 

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Arson Suspect Arrested in Miami, Oklahoma Video included

Anders Shoes (7/10/18) Anders Shoes (7/10/18)
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The Miami, Oklahoma Police Department makes an arrest in a recent arson case. On July 10th, 2018, Anders Shoes was destroyed in a suspicious fire. The store is one of Miami's oldest businesses. The store is owned by 103-year-old Dena Ander. The fire came after the store was burglarized on July 7th and again on July 9th. The store had also been recently vandalized. On July 17th, police arrested a 29-year-old in connection to the arson fire. Authorities say he became a person o... More>>

Child Death Investigation in Jasper County, MO

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The Jasper County Sheriff's Office investigates the death of a 3-year-old. On July 16th, 2018 just before 4:00 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the area of County Road 118 and Jolt lane. Authorities say the call was about a 3-year-old male that was found to be deceased. The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy has been scheduled. Sheriff Randee Kaiser says a preliminary investigation suggests that this was an accidental death. No other details have been released.

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Miami Public Schools Adding 3 & 4 Year Old Classes: Impacting Local Daycare

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Miami schools is expanding its four year old pre-kindergarten program and adding a class for three year old children.  

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CEO Resigns from Great Plains Development Authority

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Great Plains Development Authority CEO Daniel Mann's last day on the job will be July 31st, 2018. The board of directors accepted his letter of resignation at a special meeting on July 18th. Mann tendered his resignation on June 30th. The board delayed taking action until now in order to resolve issues related to Mann's employment agreement. The board thanked Mann for his dedication to the project of redevelopment of the former Kansas Army Ammunition facility. Under Mann's leadersh... More>>

Day 4: Defense Rests in Iola Murder Trial Video included

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Joshua Knapp is on trial for first degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Shawn Cook of Iola, Kansas. Today (July 17, 2018) is day two of the murder trial in Allen County. KOAM/FOX 14 is there and will have the latest at the trial continues. Shawn Cook was reported missing on March 13th, 2016. His body was found on the banks of the Neosho River in Coffey County, Kansas on April 3rd, 2016. A preliminary autopsy showed Cook died from stab wounds. Five people from Iola were char...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-18 Video included

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The State of Missouri has revoked the license of former trooper Anthony Piercy.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Labette County Gets a New Public Health Administrator Video included

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"According to the county health rankings, Labette County is ranked 101 out of 103 counties in Kansas for health," said Lisa Hoppock. The newest administrator of Public Health of Labette County would rather be number 1 as opposed to 101, but admits it won't be easy. 

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Smoke Test of Joplin Sewer Pipes Detects Inflow of Rainwater Causes Video included

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  A smoke test  was conducted on a three miles section of the  city’s sanitary sewer system will indicate defects allowing rainwater into treatment plant. 

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Anderson Announces Three Signees for PSU Men's Basketball

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The 2018-2019 Pit State signing class is now up to seven players, including three high school players and four transfers. 

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MSSU: Newest Addition is Growing Exponentially Video included

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Missouri Southern officials say Nixon Hall is beginning to take shape. Since the groundbreaking in late November 2017, crews from Crossland Construction have completed most of the three-story building's skeleton. The foundation work is complete, the concrete wall panels have been poured and floor panels are currently going down on all three levels. With most of the concrete work done, the main focus now is on finishing the retaining walls, backfilling the disturbed soil and clos...

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PSU Reveals 2018-19 Entertainment Lineup

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The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University has a full lineup for the 2018-2019 season. Officials revealed the list which includes Broadway musicals, a Johnny Cash Tribute, and extreme juggler, a comedy written especially for children and more. Tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m. on July 19th, 2018. PSU Lineup: The season begins on Aug. 1 with the opening of "The Vault: Unlocked," an exhibit in the Bicknell Center Art Gallery. Curated by an ar...

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Joplin Officer Threatened by Molotov Cocktail

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The incident happened after midnight, the morning of July 17th, 2018. The Joplin Police Department says an officer patrolling 8th and Conner saw a male walking west on 8th drinking out of a full-sized vodka bottle. Authorities say the male saw the officer and started walking back where he came from. The officer tried to get the male to stop, but the suspect took off. During the foot chase, the officer pepper sprayed the suspect when he turned back, but the suspect just took off ru...

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Parsons Police Investigate Unresponsive Child

Update: Parsons Police Investigate Child Death as Accidental

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Parsons Police Department is investigating a case of an unresponsive toddler. According to media release officers were called to 2515 Stevens for a two year old female child who was unresponsive.  Police say the investigation is active and ongoing.  KOAM/FOX14 reached out to Parsons Police Department to answer questions about the child's condition,  they are not answering questions or releasing further details of the investigation at this time. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-17 Video included

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The city of Joplin gives the green light to fund a pay raise for police and fire personnel plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Webb City All-Stars Claim District Title Video included

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Gage Chapman drove in the only three runs of the game with a 3-run home run in the 2nd inning. Webb City will now move on to play in the state tournament beginning Friday. 

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Joplin Council Approves Raises For Police, Fire Video included

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      The Joplin City Council met tonight, a full agenda, but one item received a lot of attention - an ordinance to fund a pay raise for police and fire personnel. This ordinance tonight is the result of several weeks of research and discussions to get police and fire salaries up to a more comparable level.

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Local Use Tax On August Ballot Video included

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Erik Bartlett, who owns his own business, explains why he is in favor of the local use tax.

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MIAA Football Media Day Schedule Released

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Pittsburg State and Missouri Southern will unofficially kick off the 2018 MIAA football season at Media Day on July 31st at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City. 

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  • Give Joplin, Day of Online Fundraising

    Give Joplin, Day of Online Fundraising

    Thursday, July 19 2018 3:28 PM EDT2018-07-19 19:28:36 GMT

    It's a day of giving in southwest Missouri. Give Joplin is a one-day, online fundraising event for nonprofit partners of the Joplin Regional Community Foundation. Since 2015, Give Joplin donors have helped dozens of nonprofits across the Joplin area reach thousands of donors in the name of giving and community spirit. The fundraising event ends at 6:00 p.m. today (July 19th, 2018). Click here to go to the donation website. Community Support Services of Missouri Independent...

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    It's a day of giving in southwest Missouri. Give Joplin is a one-day, online fundraising event for nonprofit partners of the Joplin Regional Community Foundation. Since 2015, Give Joplin donors have helped dozens of nonprofits across the Joplin area reach thousands of donors in the name of giving and community spirit. The fundraising event ends at 6:00 p.m. today (July 19th, 2018). Click here to go to the donation website. Community Support Services of Missouri Independent...

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  • Severe Thunderstorm Watches expand through Four States

    Severe Thunderstorm Watches expand through Four States

    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:48 PM EDT2018-07-19 17:48:06 GMT
    While we're all under a Heat Advisory until 9 p.m., we've now seen a great expansion of Severe Thunderstorm Watches that last throughout the night as well. So far all the action has been to our north, but it's packed quite a punch as a large system that rolled through central Missouri produced a gust of 78 mph at Whiteman Air Force Base. Then on the Kansas side, just north of I-70, another system is producing 1" diameter hail.More >>
    While we're all under a Heat Advisory until 9 p.m., we've now seen a great expansion of Severe Thunderstorm Watches that last throughout the night as well. So far all the action has been to our north, but it's packed quite a punch as a large system that rolled through central Missouri produced a gust of 78 mph at Whiteman Air Force Base. Then on the Kansas side, just north of I-70, another system is producing 1" diameter hail.More >>
  • Heat Advisories & Triple Digits

    Heat Advisories & Triple Digits

    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:44 PM EDT2018-07-19 17:44:48 GMT
    Already seeing 100+ degrees at the noon hour as the Heat Advisory lasts until 9 p.m.More >>
    Already seeing 100+ degrees at the noon hour as the Heat Advisory lasts until 9 p.m.More >>
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  • Carnival workers arrested in deaths of Kansas fair vendors

    Carnival workers arrested in deaths of Kansas fair vendors

    Authorities have arrested three carnival workers in the deaths of two vendors who disappeared from a fair in Kansas and were found in a shallow grave in an Arkansas forest.More >>
    Authorities have arrested three carnival workers in the deaths of two vendors who disappeared from a fair in Kansas and were found in a shallow grave in an Arkansas forest.More >>
  • Carnival workers arrested in deaths of Kansas fair vendors

    Carnival workers arrested in deaths of Kansas fair vendors

    Thursday, July 19 2018 5:09 PM EDT2018-07-19 21:09:07 GMT
    Authorities have arrested three carnival workers in the deaths of two vendors who disappeared from a fair in Kansas and were found in a shallow grave in an Arkansas forest.More >>
    Authorities have arrested three carnival workers in the deaths of two vendors who disappeared from a fair in Kansas and were found in a shallow grave in an Arkansas forest.More >>
  • 2 bodies found in Arkansas believed to be Wichita couple

    2 bodies found in Arkansas believed to be Wichita couple

    Authorities say the bodies of a couple who recently disappeared from a Kansas fairground have been found in a shallow grave in northwest Arkansas.More >>
    Authorities say the bodies of a couple who recently disappeared from a Kansas fairground have been found in a shallow grave in northwest Arkansas.More >>
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